Class Teacher – Mrs Hurst/ Miss Swann
HLTA - Mrs Springett
Year Three, the beginning of Key Stage Two, is an important and exciting time which brings new challenges and a change in school routines. In Year 3 we aim to foster a love of learning, build up the children’s organisational skills and help them to become more independent and confident learners. Good behaviour and manners are essential as is a hardworking attitude.
Reading In Year 3
We expect children to become more independent readers who are responsible for choosing their own books and changing them once they have read at home. The most appropriate time for the children to change their books is before the register or just before break time. There is the expectation that Year 3 children should continue to read at home daily and that there is a record of this reading kept in their reading journals. Regular readers are more likely to make faster progress in both reading and writing.
We will read texts by a number of authors and poets this year. It is important that children at this age hear adults reading regularly to them, both to help inspire a love of reading and as a model of good expression and we will share a class book several times a week.
In addition to daily reading, the children will bring home weekly spellings to learn and are expected to complete a piece of literacy/topic homework each week. Spellings are set on Thursday and tested on the following Wednesday. A good way to practise spelling at home is to use the ‘Look, Cover, Write, Check’ method.
Literacy homework will cover a number of important word and sentence level skills and the children may initially need some support with their homework until they are more confident with these skills.
PE and kit
Children will have two PE lessons per week, the days of which can change each term. Occasionally, due to special events or the weather, these days might change and therefore indoor and outdoor kit should be in school at all times. Kit will be sent home each half term. Please could you check at this time whether plimsolls and trainers still fit! Children in Year 3 are expected to look after their own kit but from time to time it does get misplaced and therefore should always be named. Earrings must be removed during PE. If children are unable to remove their earrings themselves then they must be removed by an adult before school. Please note, we are unable to put tape over the earrings. It can be helpful for children to bring in a little pot to keep earrings safe whilst they are doing PE.
If you have any concerns, worries or just need to see to us, we encourage you to come and talk to us directly (by prior arrangement if possible). After school is always a more preferable time of day. Finally, a plea for parent helpers! If you are able to come in for a morning, an afternoon, or even just an hour each week then your help would be greatly appreciated. Please speak to Mrs Hurst or Mrs Springett.